3-D printer powder
zp100 powder Microstone, for the Z402 TM rapid prototyping system, the world's fastest 3D printer, is a high-strength, high-definition powder well suited to the production of thin-walled, delicate or very small parts. Parts printed in this new material will require no additional processing for many applications, because the powder can be removed quickly and easily with no modifications to the printer.
Z Corp., 35 Medford St., Ste. 213, Somerville, MA 02143; FAX (617) 628-2879; www.zcorp.com.
LumirrorŽU60 is a new multi-layer polyester film designed specifically for solar control and high end optical and graphics applications. Optical clarity is typical 99.8%, with haze levels at 0.8%. The material is available in 47- and 92-ga. thicknesses. In addition to automotive, architectural, and residential window films, U60 is also designed for other applications such as holograms, foil stamping, labels, and high end optical graphics.
Toray Plastics (America) Inc., 50 Belver Ave., North Kingston, RI 02852-2596; FAX (401) 294-1480; www.toraytpa.com.
Liquid Crystalline Polymer (LCP) based materials for printed circuits are being developed to allow the manufacture of smaller, lighter, and faster interconnections. According to the company, the electrical properties of LCP will make it ideal for use in wireless telecommunications products such as cellular telephones and wireless modems, reducing the size and high frequency of the devices.
Rogers Corp., Box 188, 1 Technology Dr., Rogers, CT 06263-0188; FAX (860) 779-5509; www.rogers-corp.com.
Solar E Glass offers the architectural and residential markets a clear low-E glass that combines favorable solar control properties with excellent thermal (U-value) characteristics in a color-neutral, durable, pyrolytic glass. Previously, the solar control and thermal qualities were only obtained with the use of a sputter-coated glass. Now, pyrolytic Solar E Glass can offer the same performance. The typical application for this material is in an IG unit. The right side of the photo shows the view through the E Glass, and while the left side shows the view without glass.
Pilkington, 811 Madison Ave. Box 799, Toledo, OH 43697-0799; www.pilkington.com.
Heavy-weight architectural components, consumer product equipment, furniture, or other components with decorative finished surfaces that demand a flawless cosmetic appearance require a unique conveyor handling strategy that can be addressed with urethane covered steel rollers. They are 1.9 inches in diameter with an abrasion resistant urethane covering that protects surface scratching, denting, galling, and chipping.
Nolu Plastics, 900 C Tyrens Rd., Aston, PA 19014; FAX (610) 358-9480; www.nolu.com.
LexanŽTrue-2-Form (T2F) film is designed to expand the capabilities of designers to create deeper and more consistent graphics on 3-dimensional thermoformed in-mold decorated (IMD) parts. In many applications, Lexan T2F can be vacuum formed to allow for deeper draws, without the typical graphics registration variation problems associated with vacuum forming. Applications include the appliance, automotive, and electronics industry.
Cadillac Plastic, 2855 Coolidge Highway., Ste. 300, Troy, MI 48084; www.cadillacplastic.com.
This new style of work glove relies on a unique air bladder system made with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to protect the worker from impact, vibration, and repetitive motion injuries. Impacto AirGlove TM incorporates a patented AntiVib TM air bladder which absorbs and dissipates vibrations at both high and low frequencies, protecting workers who frequently use pneumatic drills, jackhammers, and other power tools.
Stevens Urethane, 9 Sullivan Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040; FAX 413-552-1195; www.stevensurethane.com.
The new TUFRAM 2000 coating provides a wide variety of special features to aluminum and aluminum alloy parts. This uniform surface enhancement may be applied in thicknesses of 0.0005 to 0.0007 inches with a buildup of 0.00025 to 0.00035 inches, making it ideal for close tolerance applications such as screw threads. Thickness is customized for each application. The coating reportedly provides the surface with superior resistance to corrosion as well as good wear resistance under adverse conditions. It is available in sealed or unsealed versions.
General Magnaplate, 1331 US Route 1, Linden, NJ 07036; FAX 908-862-6110; www.magnaplate.com.
These molded seals exemplify the use of advanced thermoplastics to improve design and cost efficiency. Injection molded PES Polyethersulfone and overmolded with HNBR high-saturated nitrite rubber on the outer circumference, the grommets reportedly provide a leak-proof seal in the counter bore of diesel engine blocks. They prevent coolant from leaking out between the engine cylinder head and block. They replace corroded stainless steel grommets.
Minnesota Rubber, 3630 Wooddale Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55416; FAX (612) 927-1470; www.mnrubber.com.
The Color SafeŽblackening process produces a high quality, deep black finish at room temperature without the use of EPA regulated chemicals. It can be used on all non-stainless steel ferrous alloys including cast iron and tool steels, and can serve as direct replacement for the conventional hot oxide finish. The rinse waters can usually be sent through a city sewer without treatment.
Birchwood Casey, 7900 Fuller Rd., Eden Prairie, MN 55344-9702; FAX (612) 937-7979; www.birchwoodcasey.com.